Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Return to Chateauneuf

Well friends, I have to tell you I had the opportunity to taste two Chateauneuf du Pape last night. The first was the 2007 Clos de l' ORATOIRE DES PAPES.

I thought the fruit was spot on for a hot vintage, similar to the 2003 vintage. The color was a deep maroon red and the wine had intense dark fruit aromas with flavors of plum, raisin, herbs, and spice. I did enjoy the wine.

The second wine was a 1999 Guigal CDP, yes the wine of the year. This is my recommended wine.

The 2007 took no time to show its true colors. While the 1999 decanted for one hour and still needed a little time in the glass to show properly.

The fruit flavors seemed similar to the 2007 but the tannins and spicy notes put this wine over the top. The experience took me back to my 2006 trip to the area of CDP.

I'll give the Clos de l' ORATOIRE DES PAPES 2007, 90 points and the Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape 1999, 95 points.

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